What is BrowserVision?
BrowserVision is a list of streaming video which (almost) turns your web browser into a television. Most lists are focused on providing an internet experience, with clickable links and multiple views to the channels. BrowserVision puts the TV experience online by focusing on creating a TV experience online, complete with channel numbering, channel browsing, and channel selecting. Still to be worked out are guide and onscreen about screens. For an alpha release, browservision is a convincing proof-of-technology.
There are currently 2 components to BrowserVision: a list of channels, and a remote control script. If you have a programmable remote, you'll find the script is easily configured for any remote that provides "keystroke" level macros. If you don't have a remote, the keyboard is still easily used with seldom used keys programmed for one touch functions.
NOTE: We list 3rd party streams only, so the various providers gimmicks interfere with browservision's simplicity of concept somewhat. You may have to find the 'fullscreen' button and deal with stealing your computer back from flash animations in this alpha version. Overall, with some creative programming, you can leave the mouse behind and control your browservision (B.V.? no that's just dumb) with remote or keyboard alone.
Level 1 - Quick Look
By clicking on the html link on the right, you can see all the channels and click into any channel stream.
Level 2 - BrowserVision Bookmarks
The same html file can be saved to your drive and imported into Firefox as a bookmark file. This provides you the ability to 'go to' any channel by typing it's number into the location bar.
1. Right click on the html file and SAVE AS.
2. with firefox (2.5 or greater) open, click on Bookmarks --> Organize Bookmarks, then click on Import/Export --> Import HTML. Find the file you just saved and click 'Open'. Importing over 1000 channels takes some time, depending on your computer's speed. This slow step only happens once.
3. view the channels as bookmark menus. you can drag the folders that interest you onto your bookmark toolbar.
To go to a channel you remember from before (like your favorite news channel), just type the channel number in the location bar (alt-O, 04 [enter] brings up the channel named "Lucy".
Level 3 - BrowserVision Remote Script
If you've installed the bookmarks into firefox, you can get autohotkey and run the the BrowserVision Remote script. This gives you the ability to 'browse' the channels like a TV.
Autohotkey remote Keys:
Alt-Zero or F7 - select a new channel
Alt-Up or F9 - Channel up
Alt-Dn or F10 - Channel down
If you're running the script, using F7 to change to a new channel puts channel memory on the new channel, so channel up and down work from the new channel.
o The channel script doesn't always work. Especially with channels on TVUNetworks. We're working the problem, but this version is just broken.
o Full screen. Double clicking on a Ms mediaplayer or silverlight video will get to full screen. Most Flash channels have a fullscreen.
o Once you go full screen on any channel, plan to need to click in the location bar (so you see a blinking cursor) to get the channel changer working again. Browse before you pick a channel to go full screen.
o The full screen video screens sometimes take a few seconds to start, but sometimes just don't start.